Astrobiology Periodic Table

Astrobiological Periodic Table

By Luke Mitchell


Charles S. Cockell from the UK Centre for Astrobiology (UKCA) at our very own University was involved in the creation of the Astrobiology Periodic Table. Reminiscent of the logic that Mendeleev himself followed in the creation of the modern periodic table, this Astrobiology Periodic Table serves its user as a compartmented ‘Lego box’ that shows how all the elements in the modern Periodic Table are involved in life as we know it. From how the elements are formed, to their biological use, the Table shows vital information for astrobiologists, astrochemists and astronomers at a glance. Continue reading “Astrobiology Periodic Table”

COMSOL Lausanne Conference Trip with HYPED

SwissTech Conference Centre

Photo: SwissTech Convention Centre

By Andreas Malekos (year 4, Computational Physics)


At the end of October 2018, I was invited to attend COMSOL’s annual conference in Lausanne, Switzerland along with two other students (Arturas Jocas from the School of Mathematics and Ivan Chan from the School of Engineering). We were invited as part of HYPED, the University of Edinburgh’s student Hyperloop team. COMSOL is a finite element analysis software that was extensively used for the designs of HYPED’s second Hyperloop prototype, PODDIE the Second. The software was used to perform structural /electromagnetic simulations and optimise various parts of the pod. We presented a poster detailing how COMSOL was used.
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